This is groundbreaking cinema from a technological standpoint. Yet on another level, the images and narrative clips are woven so seamlessly that the storytelling component ends up being the more impressive feat.
It’s as if Director Peter Jackson can deny limitations of time and space and resuscitate life into his dusty celluloid subjects. With frames sped up to today’s standard of 24 per second, added color and digitally enhanced voiceovers of age-old interviews, the result is timeless, relatable, and intimate. These are heroic WWI British soldiers made unfrozen, moving to the beat of today’s drum and doing so in some of the most horrific conditions.
In the end, I felt proud of these men and proud of Jackson for giving them another chance at living their haunted history with dignity and purpose.